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Richard Baskerfield is in my opinion a strong candidate to be the father of William Baskerfield, Husbandman of North Crawley who was 8g-grandfather to my children.

(Two Baskerfield wills of North Crawley each name a William as the oldest son: that of Thomas Baskerfield, Husbandman dated 1655 and that of Richard, shown below, dated 1669/70. William the son of Thomas was apprenticed to a Plumber in London, while William the son of Richard inherited the tools of “my employments of husbandry”.)

I have made a reasonable attempt to preserve the original spelling of the will, but my main concern was simply to have a more accessible record of the contents.




In the name of God Amen the thirteenth day of March in the year of our Lord One Thousand Six Hundred and Seventy 1670/1669

I Richard Basterfeild of North Crawley in the County of Bucks Husbandman being sick in body but of good and xxx remembrance thanks bee to God for the same and calling to mind the uncertainty of this transitory life and that all xxxx must yeild unto Death it shall please God to call

I doe make and ordaine this my last will and testament in manner and forme following that is to say first I bequeathe my soule unto God yt gave it. And my body to bee buryed in the xxxx church year of North Crawley with such decency as my Executors hereafter named shall think fit.

And for the settling of such goods and chattels as it hast pleased God to bestow upon me xxxx xxx I do dispose thereof in manner and forme following that is to say I give and bequeathe to my loving wife Rebekah Basterfeild all the household goods to her own xxxx use.

Item I give and bequeath to my sonne William Basterfeild all my ?lasts? and plows & horse harnish to goe with all my employments of husbandry:

But my sonne William is not to enter to ?receive? into or for his own x use this his legacie nor any part of it until two years and halfe after my decease and then hee is to have them into his owne xx possession.

Item I give and bequeathe to my sonne John Basterfeild the sume of ffive pounds to bee paid to him by my executors hereafter named when hee shall accomplish the age of one and twenty years

Item I give and bequeathe to my sonne Jeremiah the sume of ffive pounds to bee paid to him by my executors when hee shall accomplish the age of one and twenty years

Item I give and bequeath to my sonne Mathew the sume of ffive pounds to be paid to him by my executors when hee shall accomplish the age of one and twenty years

Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth the sume of ffive pounds to bee paid unto her by my executors when she shall accomplish the age of twenty and ffoure years

Item I give and bequeathe unto my daughter Rebekah the sume of ffive pounds to bee paid to her by my executors when shee shall accomplish the age of twenty and ffoure years

Item I give and bequeathe to my daughter Sarah the sume of ffive pounds to be paid by my executors when she shall accomplish the age of twenty and one [sic] years

And xxx (shall depart this life) my will and mind is that if my aforesaid xxxx children shall depart this life beefor hee or shee shall accomplish their severall ages aforesaid in this my last will

and dying without heirs of there body or bodys that then his or her portion given to them or either of them by this my last will and testament shall bee equally divided between those of my said children that shall bee living and accomplish the ages aforesaid:

And further my will and mind is that if is shall happen that any of my children doe not attaine to their afoursaid ages expressed in this my last will and testament

and shall bee married beefore hee or shee shall accomplish there severall ages aforesaid and it please God shall dye and leave a child of there body or bodys behind them then my will and mind is that that child shall have (if it live for long) that portion of the ffather of mother should have had if hee or shee had lived for long to such age expressed in this my will

And after my debts paid and my ffunerall charges: I doe give all the rest of my goods and chattells whatsoever unbequeathed unto Rebekah Basterfeild my loving wife and to William Basterfeild my sone whom I make and ordaine soule executors of this my last will and testament

And I doe make voyd all wills and Cordicalls of wills formerly made by mee

In wittness hereof I have hereunto sett to my hand and seale and published this to bee my last will and true intent and meaning thereof the day and year ffirst above written in the presence of those wittnesses whose names are hereunto subscribed.

Richard Basterfeild

Xxx ffoskett

The mark of Thomas O Barratt

Probate is in Latin, and as far as I can make out, appears to have been granted on 14th May 1761. The probate statement is relatively long and mentions Rebekah Basterfeild and “Gulielmo Basterfeild filio nati primo”





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